Sainsbury’s has reported like-for-like sales growth of 0.8% for the first quarter.

Fresh from its impressive haul at last night’s The Grocer Gold Awards, Sainsbury’s has reported like-for-like sales growth of 0.8% for the first quarter.

Total sales rose 3.3%, excluding fuel, during the 12 weeks to 8 June. It also increased its market share during the period to 16.8%.

Sainsbury’s won five Grocer Gold Awards, including two Grocer 33 awards for Customer Service and Availability.

Referencing the win, Sainsbury’s CEO Justin King said: “This has been a solid performance in what continues to be a tough consumer environment. This performance is driven by the hard work of our colleagues, whose outstanding performance in serving 23 million customers per week has been recognised by the prestigious Grocer 33 Customer Service Award.”

Sainsbury’s also revealed sales of its relaunched own-label range bySainsbury’s rose 7% during the first quarter. Its premium brand Taste the Difference grew at over 10% and has now reached £1bn in sales.

Non-food sales increased at over twice the rate of food, boosted by strong sales in kitchen electricals, growing at over 34% year-on-year, and cookware at nearly 23% year-on-year. Convenience sales rose 20% and online groceries by 16%.

“We expect the challenging economic environment to continue through this financial year,” King added.

“By helping our customers to Live Well For Less through our ongoing commitment to great quality own-brand products, Brand Match, competitive pricing and targeted promotions via Nectar and coupon-at-till, we are well positioned to continue to outperform the market.”

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